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霍尤克(Holyoke)的圣派翠克日(St. Patrick's Day)游行



不论它的真实性为何,世界各地的许多国家都会欢庆317日的圣派翠克日。19世纪中期的马铃薯饥荒(Great Potato Famine)时,许多爱尔兰人都移居美国。麻州霍尤克所举行圣派翠克日游行是北美最大的圣派翠克日游行之一,它吸引了数十万的旁观者前来观看由15,000名游行者所组成的游行行列。虽然麻州刚好是许多爱尔兰移民后裔的故乡,并不代表着您必须是爱尔兰人,才能够参加或享受这个游行。

When you think of St. Patrick's Day you probably think of four-leaf clovers and leprechauns, right? But how much do you know about St. Patrick himself?

According to legend, St. Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland. No one really knows if this story is true, since chances are there never were any snakes in Ireland to begin with. Ireland is an island nation that was separated from the rest of the European continent during the Ice Age -- more than 1.6 million years ago. Different tales tell of St. Patrick standing upon a hill, using a wooden staff to force the serpents into the sea, and driving them away from Ireland forever.

Whether or not this is true, March 17 is celebrated as St. Patrick's Day in many parts of the world. Many Irish people immigrated to the United States during the Great Potato Famine of the mid-19th century. Holyoke, Massachusetts, is home to one of the largest St. Patrick's Day parades in North America. It attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators with 15,000 marchers. You don't have to be Irish to participate in or enjoy the parade, but it just so happens that Massachusetts is home to the descendants of many Irish Immigrants.

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